Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup

Russia will host the next FIFA World Cup in June-July 2018. Human rights organizations and other NGOs, media, unions and activists have reported human rights abuses faced by tens of thousands of workers involved in construction of stadiums and infrastructure necessary for hosting of the World Cup. Reported abuses include non-payment of wages; three- to four-month delays in payment of wages; workers required to work outdoors in dangerously cold temperatures well below freezing; and a failure to provide work contracts and other documentation required for legal employment. 

Many of these allegations involve abuses committed by or with the complicity of private companies. This page features some of the main developments and coverage on human rights related to the World Cup. We will continue to add new reports & coverage on an ongoing basis.

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13 August 2018

FIFA statement on the procedures involving the four activists who invaded the pitch at the 2018 FIFA World Cup final match

FIFA has been closely following the developments in relation to the four activists who entered the pitch at the 2018 FIFA World Cup final match between the French and Croatian national teams and caused a halt to the game....

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17 July 2018

Russia: Pussy Riot protestors arrested for World Cup pitch demonstration; FIFA issues public statement

Related items: FIFA launched complaints mechanism & statement to support human rights defenders & press freedom; UN endorses move FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board releases update on advice to FIFA on the World Cup 2018 and 2026 Bid Evaluation

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12 June 2018

Briefing reviews measures taken by sponsors of the Swedish Football Association to address human rights risks associated with 2018 FIFA World Cup

Swedwatch's latest briefing "The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: Sponsorship and human rights" focuses on the role of corporate sponsors in addressing human rights risks associated with major sporting events. It highlights measures taken by sponsors of...

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11 August 2017
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Author: Спортивный канал Znak.com

"The Guardian: рабочие из Северной Кореи строили стадион «Зенит Арена» в ужасных условиях", 26 мая 2017 года...

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20 June 2017

Red card: Exploitation of construction workers on World Cup sites in Russia

Author: Human Rights Watch

Russia will host the next FIFA World Cup, from June 14 to July 15, 2018...Tens of thousands of workers are building the stadiums and infrastructure necessary for hosting of the World Cup. These workers often face exploitation, poor working conditions,...

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20 June 2017

Russia/FIFA: Workers Exploited on World Cup 2018 Stadiums

Construction workers building stadiums for Russia to host the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup face exploitation and labor abuses, Human Rights Watch said...FIFA, the worldwide football association, has yet to fully deliver on its...

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20 June 2017

Russia: Construction workers face exploitation & labour abuses on World Cup 2018 stadiums; says HRW report

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24 April 2017

Russia: North Korean workers involved in construction for 2018 World Cup work in harsh conditions & receive poverty wages, says new report

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Dalpiterstroy and Seven Suns Development to respond, but they did not.

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5 April 2016

Russia: Workers of 2018 World Cup construction site protest over unpaid wages & absence of employment contracts

Author: Builing and Wood Worker's International (BWI)

"Strike at the 2018 World Cup “Luzhniki” Stadium in Moscow", 10 March 2016...

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